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  • The Cruel Reality Of Life As One Of The Media’s Never-Trump Waterboys

    02/17/2020 7:11:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 17, 2020 | Christopher Bedford
    All of their predictions are based on the conventional wisdom and assumptions of an insulted and excluded D.C. intelligentsia, and all are wrong. Media bias is an old constant. It has never and will never go away. A reporter or host can use all the proper, sanitized words he wants, but behind the scenes lie the decisions that went into which stories to pursue and which to drop; where to pull back and where to push forward; who to interview, who to skip; what is most important versus what can be buried or even cut.And then, of course, there’s the...
  • John Kelly Finally Lets Loose on Trump

    02/13/2020 4:07:30 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 135 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2/13/20 | Peter Nicholas
    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council aide and impeachment witness President Donald Trump fired Friday, was just doing his job, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told students and guests at a Drew University event here Wednesday night. Over a 75-minute speech and Q&A session, Kelly laid out, in the clearest terms yet, his misgivings about Trump’s words and actions regarding North Korea, illegal immigration, military discipline, Ukraine, and the news media. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, said that Vindman is blameless and was simply followed the training he’d received as a soldier; migrants...
  • Why Would a Billionaire Charge the Secret Service $650 a Night?

    02/08/2020 6:00:14 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 116 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Feb 7, 2020 | David A. Graham
    Last year, Eric Trump was asked about Secret Service protection at Trump Organization properties. “If my father travels, they stay at our properties for free,” he said. “So everywhere that he goes, if he stays at one of his places, the government actually spends, meaning it saves a fortune because if they were to go to a hotel across the street, they’d be charging them $500 a night, whereas, you know we charge them, like $50.” You will be stunned to learn this is not remotely true. Instead, as the indefatigable David Fahrenthold and three colleagues at The Washington Post...
  • 97-year-old philosopher faces his own death [18 minute video]

    01/18/2020 8:13:24 PM PST · by beaversmom · 45 replies
    The Atlantic via You Tube ^ | January 14, 2020 | Andrew Hasse via The Atlantic
    Published on Jan 14, 2020 Herbert Fingarette once argued that there was no reason to fear death. At 97, his own mortality began to haunt him, and he had to rethink everything.
  • Donald Trump Stumbles Into a Foreign-Policy Triumph

    01/17/2020 12:58:01 PM PST · by edwinland · 87 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | JANUARY 17, 2020 | TOM MCTAGUE
    A year and a half into Donald Trump’s presidency, Henry Kissinger set out a theory. “I think Trump may be one of those figures in history who appears from time to time to mark the end of an era and to force it to give up its old pretences,” he told the Financial Times. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that he knows this, or that he is considering any great alternative. It could just be an accident.” A term has been coined to describe this notion: Ryan Evans of War on the Rocks calls them “Trumportunities.” It is the idea that,...
  • (What’s Left of) Our Economy: The Case that the Phase One Trade Deal With China Passes the Enforceability Test

    01/16/2020 7:06:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Reality Check Blog ^ | 01/16/2020 | Alan Tonelson
    Not only has the “Phase One” trade deal now been signed by the United States and China, but official texts have now been released. And my initial read indicates that the Trump administration just might have come up with an effective enforcement regime – though success here will depend on U.S. governments (including this one) displaying nerves of steel. At the same time, the enforcement terms raise the question of why the President felt the need to reach this point via a treaty, rather than simply punish China unilaterally for economic transgressions – as his tariffs on hundreds of...
  • People Are Dying in Racial Violence So That Democrats Can Win Elections - Greenfield

    01/14/2020 9:55:27 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 1/14/20 | Daniel Greenfield
    People Are Dying in Racial Violence So That Democrats Can Win Elections And the dead and wounded are paying the price for their power. Tue Jan 14, 2020 Daniel Greenfield 80 Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism After a black nationalist attack on a Jewish supermarket in Jersey City, a member of the Jersey City Board of Education defended the murder of two Jewish people and a Latino employee. "Drugs and guns are planted in the Black community,” Joan Terrell Paige ranted...
  • To The Liberal Media’s Dismay, There Will Be No Disastrous War With Iran

    01/09/2020 8:32:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 9, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    Only a mainstream media thatÂ’s been blinded by hatred of Trump could be this disappointed their predictions of all-out war with Iran havenÂ’t come true. The last few days have been an ongoing spectacle of media bias and incompetence in the coverage of the Qassem Suleimani strike and its fallout.Mainstream outlets, suffering mightily from Trump derangement syndrome, practically rooted for a wider conflict with Iran in the hopes it might damage Trump, then evinced genuine disappointment when Iran backed down after half-heartedly lobbing a few short-range ballistic missiles in the direction of U.S. troops stationed in Iraq, which inflicted...
  • Qassem Soleimani Haunted the Arab World In much of the Middle East, and even in Iran, the military commander was feared, and his death has been greeted with elation.

    01/03/2020 1:12:07 PM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 3, 2020 | Kim Ghattis
    Within hours of Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a man most thought invincible and all-powerful, being confirmed dead, the debate began in Washington about the legality of the strike that killed him; of how the attack would play into the political cycle of impeachment and the 2020 presidential campaign; of what the consequences would be for any potential conflict with Iran. Yet in parts of the Middle East, the reaction was different. Soleimani was killed at about 1:00 a.m. just as he was leaving Baghdad airport and by 4:30 a.m.,...
  • The Long-Forgotten Flight That Sent Boeing Off Course

    11/23/2019 3:26:49 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 18 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 20 Nov 2019 | Jerry Used
    The flight that put the Boeing Company on course for disaster lifted off a few hours after sunrise. It was good flying weather—temperatures in the mid-40s with a slight breeze out of the southeast—but oddly, no one knew where the 737 jetliner was headed. The crew had prepared three flight plans: one to Denver. One to Dallas. And one to Chicago. In the plane’s trailing vortices was greater Seattle, where the company’s famed engineering culture had taken root; where the bulk of its 40,000-plus engineers lived and worked; indeed, where the jet itself had been assembled. But it was May...
  • MEET THE PRESS Corbyn's UK defeat was bad news for Sanders, Warren and America's left

    12/13/2019 9:47:11 AM PST · by conservative98 · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | By Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann | Dec. 13, 2019, 9:04 AM EST
    WASHINGTON — Always beware of drawing conclusions from one country’s election to another. But it’s also hard to ignore that the results in Britain last night were bad news for Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and America’s left — just 52 days before the Iowa caucuses. On Thursday, unpopular Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party trounced even more unpopular socialist Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, with Labour having its worst general-election performance in three decades. Make no mistake: Neither Sanders nor Warren are as unpopular as Corbyn is in his country; in fact, Sanders and Warren have similar...
  • Nancy Pelosi Is Already Attacking the 2020 Election's Legitimacy

    11/29/2019 8:50:15 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 52 replies
    The National Interest ^ | November 28, 2019 | David Harsanyi
    In her “Dear Colleague” letter pushing back against Republican anti-impeachment talking points, Pelosi wrote this: “The weak response to these hearings has been, ‘Let the election decide.’ That dangerous position only adds to the urgency of our action, because the President is jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections.” Is he? If a Republican had suggested that a presidential election was a “dangerous” notion, he would have triggered around-the-clock panic-stricken coverage on CNN and a series of deep dives in The Atlantic lamenting the conservative turn against our sacred democratic ideals. What Pelosi has done is even more cynical. She’s...
  • What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane

    06/19/2019 3:43:44 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 36 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 17, 2019 | WILLIAM LANGEWIESCHE
    Mike Exner, a prominent member of the Independent Group, has studied the radar data extensively. He believes that during the turn, the airplane climbed up to 40,000 feet, which was close to its limit. Exner believes the reason for the climb was to accelerate the effects of depressurizing the airplane, causing the rapid incapacitation and death of everyone in the cabin. The cockpit, by contrast, was equipped with four pressurized-oxygen masks linked to hours of supply. Zaharie was often lonely and sad. His wife had moved out, and was living in the family’s second house. By his own admission to...
  • How foreign intervention can save US democracy (FT Calls for UN Occupation of the USA)

    11/25/2019 8:05:15 PM PST · by Swarthy Greek Immigrant · 164 replies
    ft.com ^ | NOVEMBER 21 2019 | SIMON KUPER
    “How to stop a civil war” says the cover of the latest Atlantic magazine. I can suggest a fix: the international community should intervene in the US. Of course Americans have a right to self-determination but the priority now is saving democracy.
  • Old Steve Martin King Tut SNL Sketch is ‘Racist’! ‘Triggers’ College Students! [WATCH]

    11/17/2019 6:08:39 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 91 replies
    Joe for America ^ | 11/15/19 | Terrence Donovan
    In Portland, Oregon, at Reed College, a small liberal-arts school, a 4 decade old old ‘Saturday Night Live‘ skit by comedian Steve Martin recently caused an uproar over cultural appropriation. In the classic Steve Martin skit, he performs a goofy song, “King Tut,” meant to satirize a Tutankhamun exhibit touring the U.S. and to criticize the commercialization of Egyptian culture. The skit is felt to be full on racist! Watch for yourself. Steve Martin performs his funky musical parody “King Tut,” which satirizes the popularity of the King Tut exhibit. [Season 3, 1978] Students in a humanities class at Reed...
  • The Atlantic Reports SJW Students Triggered by Steve Martin's 1978 'King Tut' Song

    11/19/2017 2:34:48 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 61 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 19, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    There are some situations in the news just begging to be mocked. One such example was the report that snowflake social justice warrior students at Reed College in Oregon objected to one of my favorite Saturday Night Live skits ever performed: Steve Martin singing "King Tut" in 1978. The song even became a hit single that sold a million copies and hit the Top 40 on the radio. Four decades ago, Egypt sent its Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit to America. The traveling exhibit was so wildly popular with the public that it was inevitable there would be some commercialization in...
  • Snowflakes Triggered by Steve Martin’s 40-Year-Old King Tut Song

    11/19/2017 9:22:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 94 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | Moonbattery
    Good thing Steve Martin came along before it was a thought crime to have a sense of humor: Comedian Steve Martin’s rendition of “King Tut” is triggering social justice warriors at Reed College because they see it as a form of cultural appropriation. For moonbattery at its most Jacobinic, there is no better place to look than a college located in Portland, Oregon. The song, originally performed on “Saturday Night Live,” actually criticizes the commercialization and trivialization of Egyptian history and presents a caricature of the Treasures of Tutankhamun traveling exhibit that toured seven United States cities from 1976 to...
  • The Hong Kong Protesters Aren’t Driven by Hope “We might as well go down fighting.”

    11/16/2019 11:57:31 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 48 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 12, 2019 | Zeynep Tufekci
    HONG KONG—For months now, I’ve been told that Hong Kong’s protests would end soon. They’ll end when school starts, I heard during the summer. School did start, but the protests wore on, only now I saw high-school students in crisp school uniforms joining the protesters’ ranks. Next, the mask ban of early October was supposed to slow protesters down, but the very first day after that ban, I watched streams of protesters in masks and helmets make their way to their usual haunts on Hong Kong Island. The government shut down many of the subway lines that day, a practice...
  • Legendary MAGA Supporter, Jon Voight To Receive National Medal Of Arts, Critics Fume

    11/16/2019 7:45:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/16/2019 | Karen Townsend
    This year marks the first time that President Trump will honor members of the creative community with the National Medal of Arts recognition. Trump declined to do so in 2017 and 2018. Legendary movie star, Jon Voight, is slated to be honored this year. Cue The Resistance. There are two pieces online about this – one written by Sonny Bunch in the Washington Post presents a logical reaction to this story. Bunch says that it doesn’t matter if Voight is a MAGA fan and a huge Trump supporter. He certainly deserves the award after a lifetime career in the...
  • ‘I’d Do Her’: Mike Bloomberg and the Underbelly of #MeToo

    11/07/2019 6:25:35 PM PST · by bitt · 75 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 | Megan Garber
    Disparaging comments. Demeaning jokes. As the mogul reportedly considers a 2020 presidential run, it remains an open question whether his long-alleged history of undermining women will affect his chances. If you find yourself seeking, in these turbulent times, evidence of steadiness among the chaos—proof that even as the seas rise and the winds whip and the world that was gives way to the world that will be, some things will remain the same—here is a fact that seems always to be true: Mike Bloomberg is considering a run for president. The newest version of the old truth comes from an...